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Wednesday, April 17, 2024 — Houston, TX

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MIEARS on silver linings

(06/11/17 12:39am)

Simultaneously ethereal and electronic, Houston native Michelle Miears’ solo project launched only a year ago when progress stalled with her band, BLSHS. Miears played the Mercury stage alone at FPSF, performing songs from her recently released EP “Who Will Save you?” Her somber lyrics and haunting refrains draw strongly from her romantic experiences and her weekly volunteer work at an animal shelter.


Khruangbin on Houston roots

(10/02/18 1:33am)

Originally from Houston, Khruangbin is a Thai funk band consisting of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar and Donald Johnson on drums. Khruangbin is Thai for “engine fly,” or “airplane,” and reflects their musical style, which was first inspired by '60s and '70s Thai funk cassettes. With “A Calf Born in Winter,” Khruangbin garnered attention for their inspired sound, culminating in their release of 2015 album “The Universe Smiles Upon You.”




Bishop Briggs on fan crushes and making a name for yourself

(06/11/17 12:41am)

Sarah McLaughlin, known by her stage name of Bishop Briggs, first garnered serious attention for her layered “Wild Horses,” recorded in 2015. Riding that success, the 24-year-old released “River,” her most popular song to date. In April, McLaughlin released her self-titled EP, which is laced through with strong, sultry vocals on top of heavy beats.




Bang Bangz on Houston, the beautiful, ugly city

(06/11/17 12:42am)

The children of Mexican immigrants, the four-piece band Bang Bangz made their home in Houston and wear the city’s name proudly. Winners of Houston Press’ Best Electronic Act in 2013, they’re known for their ambience and intertwining vocals. After their 2012 debut, the band took part in the evolution of the local music scene and hope to stick around to take part its further growth.



Free Press Summer Fest Flounders: Review and Gallery

(06/10/17 5:55am)

With the downtown skyline rising in the background of featured local acts and vendors, Free Press Summer Summer Fest presents itself as a Houston classic and a summer staple. The weekend festival, which took place June 3 and 4, is now on its eighth year and has historically featured local artists along with increasingly well-known national acts. However, the festival flounders when it comes to another Houston summer classic: thunderstorms. FPSF 2017 fell down on the very premise it is built upon with poor planning, miscommunication and general instability.